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ALOFI, Niue (September 4, 2000 – Radio Australia)---A Niue official has told an international conference in Japan that the Polynesian country is struggling with food and dietary problems that resemble those of large industrial nations.

Niue's agriculture minister told the Food and Agriculture Organization’s regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific that poor nutrition and such diseases as diabetes and hypertension are emerging concerns.

He said Niue was struggling with stagnant agriculture and growing reliance on food imports.

But he said with the organization’s assistance, Niue had drafted a five-year agriculture plan to tackle some of the food and dietary problems.

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